QGH auxiliary talk with nurse practitioners
Queens General Hospital Auxiliary held their second meeting of the year Oct. 8, sixteen members in attendance. Reports were given with five members reporting on the Nova Scotia Association of Health Auxiliaries annual convention.
The convention was held at Cornwallis with 164 members from around the province attending. The speakers were very interesting and educational.
Two Nurse Practitioners spoke on their duties in the community. The Nurse Practitioner usually has at least 10 years experience working as an RN. They work independently and collaboratively with a physician when required. They provide health services to individual families and the community. In 1965 the title Nurse Practitioner was used. 1970 Dalhousie was one of the first universities to develop a specialized outpost program. 1980’s the education program was closed. 1990’s a renewal of the program and in 1999 four Medical Practitioner sites were set up. Today there are approximately 99 Nurse Practitioners that serve families all ages in remote areas and teaching positions up north. They can diagnose and communicate this to their patients, order teats, blood work, RX’s, etc., clinical work, parental, child, well women, diabetes counseling, allergies, talks to groups and role development.
Marion Dietze and Leslie Niblett their topic being Midwifery. Midwives are registered health professionals – Act – March 18, 2009. They are now recognized for funding by the province. There are seven midwives in NS, three in administration employed by District Health Authorities and four at the IWK. The primary midwife is assigned to each woman, appointments to meet other secondary midwife if available. First parental visit is approximately 45 minutes. During the 3rd trimester the midwife arranges home visits. Labour, deliv- ery and postpartum care can all be done by the midwife. Final visit 6 weeks after birth. Training requirements are four years of university training and usually 10 to 15 years previous nursing training.
The executive for the following year are:
Past President Polly Winters, President Anna d’Entremont, 1st Vice President Peggy Atkinson, Secretary Dale Wolfe.
The auxiliary would like to thank the public for all their support for the Hustle. The Hustle was a great success over twenty thousand and counting and everyone enjoyed our “new home,” the Curling Club.
October 20th the Western Zone meeting will be held in Bridgewater with a number of our members attending.
The auxiliary meets the first Thurs- day of each month at the old nurses residence, 11:30 social, meeting starting at 12 noon, bring your own lunch and coffee and tear are provided.
Everyone is welcomed to attend any meeting. Don’t forget to shop at the “Hospital Gift Shop”, great items and no tax. They shop is always looking for volunteers, training is provided. If you are interested please call Gail Dyer 3543667.